We've successfully completed our first week of school, and honestly, it was an overall pleasant experience. *smile*
Everything we are using curriculum-wise is familiar, or familiar enough that it doesn't cause me any headaches having to figure out what it is asking me to do.
Our theme for this week was creation, and tying that in with the Jewish Sabbath. Isabella decorated a "Challah covering" using a permanent marker and a scrap of fabric I had. I baked our bread (challah) and attempted to braid it like they suggested. It didn't end up too pretty. Hence, the covering is on the bread for the picture. ;o) We attempted a *kind of* traditional Friday Sabbath meal, complete with spaghetti and all. ;o) (In case you are confused, no, I don't think spaghetti is technically Jewish, but the guide said "special" and I figured that was up to my discretion)
Everyone really enjoyed it--even the boys!
I'm not sure if I mentioned I painted myself a chalkboard--it is 3x4 in size, using smooth plywood and chalkboard paint. I'm still planning to trim it out to make it look a tad more decorative as well as functional.
The kids love it, and I love it too, because I can do stuff like this:this or this. I'm not quite that good of an artist, but I do see the potential for lots of learning fun.
I have yet to get a suitable timeline up and going--I'm thinking I might use the longest wall we have upstairs and run a line of painters tape. I kind of feel on top of everything. I've been reading ahead and gathering ideas for future stuff, which I shall blushingly admit is a new concept for me. I've been more than guilty many a time just opening the curriculum guide Monday morning and teaching "on the fly." ;o) Which is why I love MFW--you can do that. BUT I think it goes a bit more smooth if I know what's coming. Go figure. ;o)